Jean M W Chatterton

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AIMS This study evaluates the use of local Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Borrelia afzelii strains in a single mixed antigen for in-house IgG western blots in the routine diagnostic setting by comparing it with the current in-house protocol. METHODS Sera from 233 patients from areas of Scotland with low and high prevalence for Lyme borreliosis(More)
Four out of 6 goats from a small British goat herd gave birth to weak or stillborn kids. All were seropositive for Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite was isolated from the tissues of one kid and the milk of one goat. Concurrently, one of the goatowner's sons developed a mononucleosis-like illness with serological evidence of current toxoplasma infection.(More)
AIMS To compare the sensitivity and user friendliness of seven commercially available enzyme linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA) kits for toxoplasma specific IgM. METHODS Five antibody capture assays supplied by Abbott, Mercia, Northumbria, Organon and Sorin, and two indirect ELISA assays from Biostat and Mast, were assessed. Using defined dilutions of(More)
A method for the simple preparation of biotin-labelled toxoplasma antigen was used with avidin peroxidase in an IgM-capture enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (BAM-ELISA). Although the overall predictive value of a positive result was only 38%, its low cost and 100% sensitivity makes it a very suitable screening test. Positive results can be confirmed by an(More)
An IgM immunosorbent agglutination assay (ISAGA) was compared with a standard ELISA IgM test for the diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis. It was more sensitive, detecting all of five mothers of infected babies whereas the IgM ELISA was positive in two of three mothers tested at delivery and neither of two mothers referred 10-12 months after delivery. Five(More)
Nine Scottish Borrelia burgdorferi isolates were investigated in IgG Western blot tests. Sera previously found to be positive and negative when tested by routine Western blots prepared from reference strain B. burgdorferi sensu stricto antigen had different outcomes with these isolates. Two isolates, E5 (Borrelia afzelii) and G4 (B. burgdorferi sensu(More)
AIMS To assess the value of detecting Toxoplasma gondii in human blood samples using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). METHODS Blood samples in lithium heparin were examined from 34 patients with suspected toxoplasmosis, and six healthy volunteers with or without the addition of doubling dilutions of toxoplasma tachyzoites. Products of a nested PCR,(More)
The antigenic profiles of Pneumocystis carinii trophozoites and cysts were compared by immunoblotting with hyperimmune rat sera against cyst and trophozoite antigens. Strong bands corresponding to proteins of 50-60 kDa and 104 kDa were demonstrated in cyst and trophozoite antigens by all antisera. Additional prominent proteins of 81 and 63 kDa and less(More)
Sera from blood donors and patients from all over Scotland were examined by indirect immunofluorescence using Pneumocystis carinii antigen from infected rat lung. Antibody was found in 76 of 488 (15.6%) of patients tested on clinical grounds but in only 13 of 148 (8.8%) blood donors. The antibody rates were higher in disease groups likely to have or develop(More)